Mayoral candidate Kevin James has stated what has already been known to most everyone who has known the candidate, and the LA Weekly has reported it as news anyway. Or maybe as publicity: "People may jump to the wrong conclusions if they only know his party registration," says John Thomas, a political consultant for James, "and that's why we wanted to get his record out there."
So it is now as out there as the Weekly can put it. The candidate is also still white and still somewhat pasty, although less pasty than he was last August, so some things do indeed change.
There was a polite embargo on the announcement of James's gaiety, and several of us politely waited on reporting what was already known, out of our enormous respect for the courageous reporters at The Weekly, who have dared once again to publish a story that is not a story for the sake of saying something sugary and feelgoody about a Republican candidate in an otherwise preference-free nonpartisan race.